YMMV: Jim Henson

  • Animation Age Ghetto: Henson was cured of this when a vacation in Europe showed what the art of puppetry can do with the serious practitioners there. For the rest of his life, Henson was determined to spread that respect around, but it proved a frustrating struggle.
  • Crazy Awesome: For an early-1960s La Choy commercial, he built a full-size dragon Muppet that could breathe real fire.
  • Creator Worship
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: As his infection grew worse and worse before finally admitting himself to the hospital, he actually joked, "Maybe I'm dying."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Always thrilled by new technology, Jim was excited to dabble in both chromakey and CGI when they were both still relatively new... fast-forward to the 21st century, where practically almost all of traditional puppetry in film and television has been replaced by chromakey and CGI (and not necessarily as advances in technology as Henson was also interested in, but rather because it's cheaper and easier than to stage elaborate scenes with traditional puppetry).
  • Nightmare Fuel: Many, many examples. Even the way he died could count.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: How many people today look at all the various different puppets on TV, the Internet, movies, and such, and think that none of them would probably, more than likely, not even been here today if it wasn't for Henson practically reinventing the art form of puppetry?
    • Frank Oz actually lampshaded this in a recent interview, in which he says when you see puppets on TV today, they're Muppets, and even compares it to the way all paper tissues are called "Kleenex" or all copiers are "Xerox machines".
  • Too Cool to Live
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: He not only made and codified modern puppetry, he also produced it exceptionally well. From the lively and colorful Muppets, to the entire worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, to smaller-but-no-less-critical milestones like the animatronic Ninja Turtles, which helped make the Creature Shop famous even after Jim's death.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Raised a Christian Scientist, Henson generally avoided the use of medicine and drugs. But looking at some of the stuff he came up with, you have to wonder.
    • He actually dropped acid once. His experimental documentary from the late 1960s, Youth '68, interviewed a number of young artists and musicians, many of whom admitted on-camera to doing drugs and said that drugs helped spark their creativity and expanded their imaginations. Henson, always being fascinated with the mind, was intrigued by the idea of being able to expand your imagination, so after debating it, he gave LSD a try one evening. Absolutely NOTHING happened. He even wrote in his personal journal that the experience was "a disappointment," and he never touched hallucinogens again.